On Wednesday, when the entire country was celebrating Rakshabandhan, district of Sector 51, Haryana marked it first Haryana Women Police Day. The event saw cultural celebrations and motivational speeches which were inaugurated IPS Y. Puran Kumar of Haryana. The event was organized by the Gurgaon Police at ‘All Women Police station’ which too was inaugurated around the same time last year, to promote women of Haryana to be unhesitant in regards to report rising domestic violence cases in the state, reported Times of India.
The event saw the second anniversary of All Women Police station of sector 51 and the launch of the Women Help Desk which was inaugurated by Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh on August 13. “The police is highly sensitive towards the safety of women in the city. Recently, we launched women help desks for those who don’t find it feasible to come to this police station. I hope all the girls here remember the women helpline number – please don’t hesitate to seek our help whenever someone tries to harass you”, Y. Puran Kumar stated in his speech during the inauguration.
The helpline is completely operated by female staff and the progressive nature of the helpline not only pertains to guiding victims about the rights, but it will also guide them about the case filing and legal court actions.
Japan: Hiroshima marks the 69th anniversary of the horrifying nuclear bomb attacks on Wednesday. Several peace ceremonies are to be conducted throughout the day in order to pray for the souls of the victims who lost their lives in an attack that still shakes up the citizen of Japan.
Mayor Kazumi Matsui invited US President Barack Obama along with other world leaders to visit the cities that were affected during the bombings that took place in 1945. In his speech, he exclaimed his belief that once the leaders of the world would visit the A-bombed cities, they would join hands with him to eradicate the menace of the nuclear weapons.
Exactly 69 years back, during the end of the Second World War, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing an estimated 1, 40,000 people as an aftermath. After three days, Nagasaki too was bombed in a similar way, killing almost 70,000 people. It was the first and last time that a nuclear weapon was used during a war.
Though it has been a long time ever since, the horror in the minds of the survivors, their families and the citizen in general lives on, so much so that nuclear weapons are considered to be a form of evil till date.
“Indian Cinema has not grown because of the Government, but despite it!”, remarked Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tiwari, while addressing the audience present during the release of the 24th edition of the Limca Book of Records. The book was launched on the 10th day of April, at the FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi and the book’s theme this year celebrates the Centennial of Indian Cinema, while focusing on people who have left their footprints in their respective fields of specialization.
Leading quizmaster Barry O’Brien was the anchor for the event and lived up to his title ‘Master of Ceremonies’ by keeping the audience enthralled and in splits with comments like “Are you related to my wife? She always has counter-questions”. During breaks between the sequence of events, O’Brien tested the audience on their knowledge of the Indian film industry with picture quizzes of the most popular personalities, and asking questions like “Which Indian holds the record of 50,000 fan clubs across the globe?” (Rajnikanth, for the uninitiated). O’Brien then went on to speak about how the book can help people from different backgrounds — teachers, students, quizmasters like himself, film-makers.
A short screening followed, which was a montage of the establishment of 2 decades of Coca-Cola in India, in addition to the 24th edition of the Limca Book of Records. The book boasts of over 10,000 achievements which have been compiled over 20 chapters — all of which weave inspiring stories of people from the film industry who had a thirst for more than just films, and like O’Brien aptly put it, “if the thirst is alive, then the show will go on..”, and how! Stories of not only “stars”, but also photographers, musicians, documentary film-makers, editors, cinematographers, and regional film-makers were just some of the many luminaries who have excelled in their respective fields and found their way to secure a position in the book.
Minister Tiwari was then welcomed with a bouquet of flowers and the ceremonial ‘tankha’, and went on to light the lamp.
Atul Singh, the President of Coca-Cola, South-West Asia, then stepped on to the dais and spoke about how each year, the jury appointed by the company diligently nominates and selects ‘People of the Year’. “Many people have contributed over the years, but we’re honoring just 20 of these people today,” he said. Members of the afore-stated jury include H.K. Dua (Member of Parliament), and film critic of South Indian cinema, Pratibha Sastri.
“They say a few passions unite Indians. One of them is cinema.”
Following this, a brief tribute was played, to 25 legends that are no longer in our midst, but touched our hearts and lives nonetheless. Some of these magnates included the “Iron Man” Dara Singh, T. Damodaran, A.K. Hangal, Jaspal Bhatti, Gavin Packard, Raj Kanwar, Achala Sachdeva and Jose Prakash. Out of the 20 people honored, 7 were present at the function and were then called on stage to be awarded individually — Actress Shabana Azmi, Director Jahnu Barua, Cinematographers V.K. Murthy and Santosh Sivan, Choreographer Prabhu Deva, Editor Sreekar Prasad and Documentary Filmmaker Mike Pandey.
Mike Pandey, whose film, “The Vanishing Giants”, triggered a campaign, spoke about the urgent need for documentary channels and threw light upon the alarming rate (67%) of Indians who are without information and education. “Dcoumentaries can fill that gap, being agents of change.” Pandey then went on to urge a very poker-faced Manish Tiwari to provide such a platform.
The remaining 13 people couldn’t make it to the event, as each one of them was busy shooting for their respective films — Actors Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Haasan and Ranbir Kapoor, Directors Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Mani Ratnam, K. Vishwanath and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Scriptwriter Gulzar, being some of them.
This book, that strings together ‘Indian’ achievements, was launched in 1986. Since then, its objective has remained simple – providing a platform to seemingly “ordinary” Indians to portray their talent[s] in their search for excellence. Since its inception, the book has been an amalgamation of sorts – combining thrills with humor in equal measures, but simultaneously informative and perhaps even inspiring.